When McCartney gets his medal of freedom, i hope President Bush and Paul McCartney doesn't try to politicize the event. I just hope there's no side agreement where McCartney has to pander to one of Heather's pet projects or that Bush tries to use McCartney's fame to publicize one of the administration's policies. It would be nice if McCartney accepts the award for what it is - a cultural award and he doesn't try to politicize it and ruin the classiness of it. I mean wouldn't it be kind of awkward for Paul to stand up and get the award and in his nervousness go "Woooo...." or say something catty like "Go Veggie" or "Ban Land-Mines cause they're bad" or as we have seen him do so many times in the past "Yo" (arm raised in the air).
I'd prefer the event to be classy, dignified ,and respectful. Many of Paul's awards (Grammy's, American music awards) have been really awful. Merryl Streep gave him an award at the AMA's and it was weak. I thought Neil Young's introduction speech was ok at the hall of fame but even that was kind of wrong? Neil Young? Why not George martin? I wish Paul would be more ceremonial because it is the PResident and the nation. Because i think it would be a little disrespectful for both McCartney and Bush to use the medal as a platform for their policies. Keep it about the music. Don't embarass Paul and further don't embarass the awards.
I remember when Ellie Weasil got the medal of freedom and he went off on Prez Reagan for going to an SS cemetary. It was awkward, undignified, and it really created a big backlash against Ellie Weasil. Let's hope Paul doesn't spend a 1/2 hour lecturing the President on why land-mines are bad. After all, if Paul had children in the military and the land mines saved his son and his platoon, he might think differently.